Zoning & Subdivision
June 22, 2004 7:30 p.m. at the MCRPC Offices
2491 Highland Road Hermitage, PA (724) 981-2412
MEMBERS PRESENT OTHERS
Samuel Scott, Chairman
Andrew Dash, Planner -
Jerry Johnson, Mercer
Bob Giebner, Zoning
Officer - Mercer Borough
Mr. Sam Scott, Chairman,
called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. A quorum was present. Mr. Scott noted
that the Minutes of the May 25, 2004 meeting were mailed prior to tonights
meeting and there being no additions, corrections, or deletions, the Minutes
stand approved as mailed.
N E W B U S I N E S S
1. Text Amendment
Mercer Borough Mr. Dash explained that Mercer Borough is proposing to
add Bed and Breakfasts as a permitted use in the C-1 Commercial Town Center
Zoning District. The amendment was proposed by a private landowner who wishes
to run a Bed and Breakfast out of her home at 116 West Market Street (US 62),
which is in a C-1 District. Currently, Hotels and Motels and Eating and
Drinking Establishments are permitted uses in the C-1 District, but Bed and
Breakfasts are not. He noted that out of the four existing Bed and Breakfasts
located in the Borough, two are currently located in the C-1 Commercial Town
Center Zoning District: The Mehard Manor at 146 North Pitt Street and The
McGoffin Inn at 129 South Pitt Street.
In discussion, Mr. Giebner
stated that he has no problem in making a Bed and Breakfast a permitted use in
the C-1 District. As far as he was concerned, it was a permitted use
regardless because it fits with Hotels and Motels. The only problem with this
request is that the proposed private landowner cannot meet the parking
requirements according to Borough code. She would need 3 ½ parking spaces
according to the Borough code, and she only has room for 2 spaces. Also, the
Borough code requires that if you use a commercial building, the residents
have to live above the commercial floor, which the private landowner was
advised. Committee members felt that allowing Bed and Breakfasts in the C-1
Commercial Town Center District was not an issue, but the proposed private
landowner would still need to meet the other conditions within that District.
After discussion, a motion was
made by Mr. Price and seconded by Mr. Faull to approve adding Bed and
Breakfasts as a permitted use in the C-1 Commercial Town Center Zoning
District. The motion passed.
2. Text Amendment
Hermitage City Mr. Dash explained that the City of Hermitage is
proposing to amend Section 308.13, Personal & Professional Offices,
Medical & Dental Clinics by adding a sentence: "Access drives and
vehicular circulation shall be planned to minimize traffic impacts on
residential neighborhoods to the greatest extent possible." The reason
for this amendment would be to permit Personal & Professional Offices,
Medical & Dental Clinics as a Special Exception in the R-3 and R-4
districts. The City felt that this amendment would direct their Zoning Hearing
Board when they would be considering a Special Exception. There was some
general discussion about Zoning Hearing Boards. Mr. McCandless questioned if
there was a particular problem that led the City to this amendment. It was
noted that no one knows. The Committee felt that this text amendment was not
unreasonable, but it could be open to interpretation.
After discussion, a motion was
made by Dr. Brenner and seconded by Mr. McAdams to approve the proposed text
amendment to amend Section 308.13. The motion passed.
3. Other Business
Mr. Dash noted that about a month ago we received a preliminary plan for The
Villas at Grove City and things have been moving slowly with their engineers.
When we receive enough pertinent information, this item would then be reviewed
by this Committee.
There being no further
business to conduct, the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
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